I wrote my first entry about Mena Hamon and her husband only a few months ago, but they seem to have been part of my life for much longer (in a good way). Before I drag myself away, I wanted to put down a few, possibly entirely superfluous, musings. It is only fitting to begin with another item from the Countess’s wardrobe (apologies for the not particularly good photo). This day dress is probably from the early 1930s and quite unlike the showstoppers we have come to expect. The dress, or rather the fact that I have not shown it […]
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The story of London Tweed
So this is how the story goes. In 1826 a London merchant decides to buy some cloth from a weaver in Hawick, a town in the Scottish borders famous for its cloth production. Very happy with his order, he decides to get some more but – crucially – misreads the weaver’s dashed handwriting. Instead of ‘twill’ this Londoner reads ‘tweed’, and assumes this new cloth must take after the River Tweed which runs fast and clear through the textile areas of lower Scotland. ‘Tweed’ and not ’twill’ has been the term used ever since.
Infographic: The Great Fire of London
Nearly 350 years ago the City of London faced one of its most famous disasters. To mark this occasion we’ve put together a handy infographic with some of the topline facts and figures – discover even more at the Museum of London’s free ‘War, Plague and Fire’ gallery!
Christina Broom: A pioneering photographer
It is almost a year now since I first laid eyes on an extraordinary private collection of photographs by Christina Broom.